Night weddings banned in Mombasa to curb crime

By Rose Welimo/KNA

Mombasa county security team has banned night weddings in a bid to deal with rising criminal activities in the coastal region.

County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed commissioner said the decision was reached following an increase in attacks by knife-wielding gangs.

Speaking during a meeting with Mombasa island Nyumba Kumi initiative Ambassadors and Maendeleo ya Wanawake groups, Maalim maintained that families wishing to hold night ceremonies would have to get police clearance and pay a fee for armed officers, County Commissioner said.

The move comes after a group of women returning home after a wedding ceremony were recently attacked and their valuables stolen.

The commissioner said frequent attacks have been witnessed by knife wielding gangs who are terrorizing residents of Kisauni and Majengo areas and other parts of Mombasa County after night wedding events.

He further said police arrested two youths at Nyali Bridge on Tuesday as they were ferrying knives from Kisauni to old town, warning that criminal gangs will not be spared.

Wedding ceremonies in Mombasa can last for as long as five days and include parties that go on late into the night.

The ban came into effect immediately and celebrations had to end by 22:00 local time, the commissioner said.

Mombasa police have recently been carrying out security operations and several suspected gangsters have been shot dead.


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